APPT MACAU: Seet runs hot to ascend chip lead

Nine Aussies are among the 96 players who’ll return to the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in pursuit of one of the 70 spots in the money in the APPT Macau Main Event.

As APPT media co-ordinator Garry Gates reported, all eyes were glued on Phil Ivey, whose participation alone sent a buzz through the poker world. Ivey started day two with 51,100 in chips and never seemed to get anything going, eventually busting from the tournament with about an hour left on the clock.

Two-time WSOP Main Event champ Johnny Chan surged into the top half of the leaderboard, transforming his 77,600 stack into 244,400. Singapore native Nathaniel Seet took on the role of chip leader early in the day and held it til the bag-and-tag portion of the evening, amassing a tournament-best 774,500 in chips heading into day three. The next-biggest stack belongs to Dan Park from Korea (478,100).

Dinh Le, the first APPT champion back in 2007, saw his run at a second APPT title fizzle out at the hands of Asia Player of the Year (APOY) contender Haifeng Xue from China. With Le out, Victorino Torres is the only former APPT Macau Main Event winner still alive in this year’s field. The reigning champ returns to action with a healthy 296,600 in chips; good enough for a spot in the overnight top 10.

Other notable Day 2 survivors included David Steicke (372,400), Andrew Scott (156,000), Terrence Chan (166,000), Grant Levy (144,600), Daoxing Chen (125,500), Roel Pijpers (83,100), Jackson Zheng (75,000), Vincent Torres (62,700) and Julian Powell (53,400).

The remaining 96 players in the field are competing for their share of the HKD $15,552,600 prizepool. The top 70 places are scheduled to be paid, with first set to receive HKD $3,772,000 (approximately USD $483,000).

APPT Macau day 2 chip count (top 10)

Nathaniel Seet (Singapore) 774,500
Dan Park (Korea) 478,100
Wenfei Huang (China) 436,300
Fabian Spiedelmann (Germany) 389500
David Steicke (Hong Kong) 372,400
David Hrdlicka (Slovakia) 333,600
Ligong Wei (Hong Kong) 312,600
Lance Richard Lee Yuen (United States) 299,500
Daniel Francis (New Zealand) 298,900
Victorino Torres (United States) 296,600

Aussies who survived day 2

Jeffrey Rossiter 292,500
Clifford Bruce 248,100
Scott Calcagno 197,800
Josh Barrett 164,500
Andrew Scott 156,000
Grant Levy 144,600
Joey Masangcay 93,800
Jie Gao 69,000
Julian Powell 53,400

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